Long serving local campaigner Tricia Bamford has stepped down immediately from her role as councillor for Chessington South on Kingston Council, submitting her resignation to the Monitoring Officer earlier today.
First elected to the Council in May 1998, Patricia has dedicated 22-years of service to the community in Chessington, Malden Rushett and the surrounding areas. She had planned to retire at the end of her term in May 2022, but changes in family circumstances have pre-empted this meaning that she's no longer able to dedicate the time required to be an effective councillor.
Owing to the ongoing pandemic, a by-election is expected to be held in early-May next year.
Former councillor for Chessington South, Tricia Bamford said, "I have always done my utmost to represent the interests of Chessington South residents and businesses, South of the Borough Neighbourhood, as well as the wider Royal Borough of Kingston.
I have today resigned as Councillor for Chessington South, a privileged role I have held for over 22 years. I have learned so many things during my time and have met some wonderful people as a Councillor, having taken on many roles and responsibilities most of which I thoroughly enjoyed."
Cllr Caroline Kerr, Leader of Kingston Council, said, "Tricia has served the residents of Chessington South both in Administration and Opposition and we will greatly miss her knowledge and experience. I would like to thank Tricia for all she has done during her long and distinguished service in her ward and all the leadership positions she has held.
"It has been an immense pleasure to work with Tricia, she has been a tireless campaigner on community issues. She was a key member of the team that helped us win control of the Council in 2002 and since and we owe Tricia a huge thank you. The Liberal Democrats will continue to stand up for residents in Chessington South."